Mountain Photography Residency

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Mountain Photography Residency

Mountain Culture

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The Mountain Photography Residency provides an opportunity for photographers to learn how to tell compelling visual narratives through images. The program examines photography and its methodologies, processes, and uses when working in mountain or wilderness communities with deep ecological history, cultural history, or spiritual significance.

Participants will explore how artistic practice can change in relation to our shifting and evolving sense of self in today’s world. They will also reflect on the communities with which we identify, participate, and create—as well as the vital cultural significance of human connection through land, the outdoors, story, culture and art.

Individualized interaction with celebrated photographer Ace Kvale and guest faculty will allow participants to address aspects of the creative process, storytelling, and culture in their artistic work. The program is designed to support participants’ creative process with a goal of establishing cultural and ecological accountability, responsibility, and awareness.

What does the Program Offer?

The Mountain Photography Residency offers structured time for photographers, with an interest in cultural landscape and the outdoors, to create work and discuss pertinent themes related to culture and the outdoor industry. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, field work, lectures, and community visits, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration of their work and professional development.

Photographers will receive direct mentorship on research practices and methodologies that support the creation of new work. They will also engage in critical analysis of methods of production, cultural engagement, and use of artistic work in promoting protecting communities, culture, and the environment.

Who Should Apply?

This program is designed for photographers exploring mountain and wilderness themes and cultivating new directions in their work, as well as experimenting with production techniques.

We welcome applications from photographers who have an interest in documenting and protecting communities, cultures, and the environment, as well as those who are involved in shaping community transformation by amplifying marginalized stories and voices.

Fees & Financial Assistance
Program Fee: $2,646.90+GST
Program Fee with Financial Aid: $1,646.90+GST*

Application Fee: $65

*Financial Aid up to 50% of the program fee may be available

Application Deadline: June 26, 2019
Dates: August 31 – September 7, 2019

For more information and to apply online, visit

An example of work from the Banff Centre's Mountain Photography Residency
Mountain Photography Residency takes place at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity | Photo: Ace Kvale
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